SPIRITS are high at a Bournemouth restaurant recognised for its range of a little-known alcohol.

Ojo Rojo in Commercial Road is one of just six venues in the country awarded a Del Maguey Mezcal heritage plaque.

The restaurant was awarded the plaque for its work to raise the profile of mezcal in the UK.

The spirit can be made from any type of agave plant native to Mexico. Its growing number of devotees claim it allows drinkers to escape without a hangover.

Ojo Rojo has more than a hundred varieties of mezcal and tequila.

Trevor Hill, who owns the restaurant, says diners can try tasting flights of the spirit. Mezcal is also used in cocktails at the venue.

"We have a knowledgeable team who will help you overcome any preconceptions you may have about the spirit," he said.

"Agave spirits are one of the fastest-growing drink categories in the world.

"This prestigious plaque is an amazing feat for a little independent restaurant and bar, and puts Bournemouth on the map within the agave spirit world."